What happens when you have fiercely passionate pro-abortion activists gathered together in Austin, Texas when one of the most hotly debated pieces of pro-life legislation is up before the House and Senate?
First off, the hatred and vitriol coming from pro-abortion activists at the Texas State House is unbelievable. Coming off their ill-gotten victory two weeks ago when Planned Parenthood and their allies resorted to mob-like tactics to stop the passage of a commonsense pro-life bill that would have protected Texan women from future Kermit Gosnells and end painful abortions for those babies 20 weeks and older — now they are more desperate than ever.
Just in case you need to see what is at stake here, here is some raw footage of pro-lifers singing “Amazing Grace” while pro-aborts in orange scream “Hail Satan” and “God is dead.”
Students for Life organized the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour immediately following State Senator Wendy Davis’s filibuster of SB 5 to offer support to pro-life Texas.
On Tuesday the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour faced discrimination from the Town Lake YMCA when they were denied access to showers because of their pro-life position. They were told that while our students were respectful some of their pro-abortion members were upset the “Y” was accommodating our team. These pro-abortion members intimidated the staff at the YMCA and then the students were asked not to come back. Apparently abortion supporters at the “Y” went so far in expressing their outrage that YMCA staffers reported feeling “threatened” by them.
After the “Hail Satan” video went viral, someone on the inside told the abortion activists to tone it down. However, we’re not sure if all the “If my vagina were a gun” type protesters got that message as there were many vulgar signs that really had zero to do with the debate at hand. One other group that missed the memo was Rise Up, which caused such a huge disturbance that 5 members of their group were arrested on Wednesday in the House gallery as legislators voted on final passage of the bill.
While things are looking grim for the other side, pro-abortion men have also stepped up to make their voices heard in the debate. Ben Sherman, a pro-abortion boy, took to his blog to explain the #brochoice movement. He wrote that if abortion isn’t readily accessible, especially in his state of Texas, men’s sex lives are at stake. It was the ultimate form of male-chauvinism, yet NARAL and other pro-abortion women’s groups took to Twitter in support of the campaign.
Can you believe this actually happened? Here’s what Sherman wrote to other men as to why they should be #brochoice:
· “Forcing women to adhere to the anti-choice attitudes of state legislators forces men to do the same, and will have serious consequences both on men’s lives and lifestyles.”
· “Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don’t be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.”
Interestingly, Jill Stanek released an article this week of her very candid conversation with abortion advocate and senior political reporter for RH Reality Check, Robin Marty. When asked what it will take to win, Marty said that their side wins when they take the focus off of the baby and talk about pro-lifers threatening access to contraception.
Something is going on in Texas and it’s a glimpse into where the pro-abortion movement is headed – and it’s not pretty!
· Red herring tactics – Trying to take away the focus from abortion and the humanity of the pre-born to make the issue about contraception and freedom to have sex.
· Anti-Christian bigotry – “F*** the church, F*** the state, women will decide our fate” and “Hail Satan” being chanted at the Capitol.
· Intimidation & Discrimination – Students kicked out of the YMCA for their pro-life position, and even worse, lawmakers receiving threats from abortion advocates.
But I don’t want to paint it as all orange (the color the pro-aborts are wearing) in Texas! There is a strong pro-life “blue-shirt” presence that is making their voices known. The Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour crew has been on the ground all week assisting pro-life Texans with their rallies, meetings with lawmakers, and by making some waves of their own.
Everywhere Planned Parenthood showed up in and around Austin, Students #Stand4Life brought their bus, and our Planned Parenthood Project to shed light on the fact that they are the nation’s largest abortion provider and that money received from performing abortions drives their mission. The Planned Parenthood Project consists of postcards and banners that expose Planned Parenthood’s true agenda by highlighting statistics from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report along with a display of 915 pink crosses that represent the number of babies who are aborted every day by this abortion Goliath.
Our students also met with Lt. Governor of Texas David Dewhurst, participated in a news conference with Senator Rick Santorum, and led outreach outside of South Austin Planned Parenthood’s late term abortion facility.
Showers or no showers, the passion and energy of young people will help turn the abortion tide by focusing the debate and by not bowing to intimidation and discrimination. They are poised to hit every ball abortion activists throw at them and here’s to hoping that in Texas they hit it out of the ballpark. This victory on the horizon in Texas, where Roe v. Wade was first heard, could spell the beginning of the end of Roe and legal abortion in our nation.